Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan banned all new building along rivers, irrigation canals, and other waterways in the province on Wednesday, October 26. This was reported by news sources.
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CM Mehmood, who was in charge of a meeting about the province’s anti-encroachment drive, told the right people to use Section 144 to stop people from building new houses, hotels, and other commercial and non-commercial buildings along waterways like the Swat, Panjkora, and Kunhar rivers and irrigation department canals all over the province. He asked the right people to do their jobs without being told what to do and to make sure the law is followed.
Mehmood also told everyone involved not to give any No-Objection Certificates (NOC) for building along the rovers. During the meeting, it was said that 100 illegal buildings had been taken down along the Swat River in five separate operations in Kalam, Madyan, Bahrain, Fiza Ghat, and Mingora. In Kalam Bazar, hotels and walls that had been built have also been taken down.
It is important to remember that it is against the law in KP to build a house or other structure within 200 metres of a body of water. But breaking this rule has caused damage to property that is estimated to be worth billions.